“You didn’t come this far, to only come this far.”
~ Derek Grier,
Clergyman, Founding Pastor – Grace Church & Founder – Grace Youth Center
“A woman who doesn’t apologize for her very existence on Earth is rare, and that’s what I wanted for myself.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)
“Your self-worth is determined by you.
You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
~ Beyonce Knowles,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Philanthropist
“The biggest bit of advice that I’ve ever received,
and something that I’ve seen and experienced, is that,
‘You can fail, and that’s OK – just keep going.
… … It’s that things can fail and absolutely will go wrong –
just keep trying, keep trying, keep trying.’”
~ Tosca Musk
Filmmaker, Executive Producer, Producer, Director & Co-Founder – Passionflix
“It is the identity that we ascribe to God out of doubt or faith in His Scriptures
that will determine the identity we will give ourselves and ultimately the life that we inevitably live.
If He is the Creator, then we are created. If He is Master, then we are servants.
If He is love, then we are loved. If He is omnipotent, then we are not as powerful as we think.
If He is omniscient, then there is nowhere to hide. If He cannot lie, then His promises are all true.
It is faith in the truths of God’s character that has the power to completely revolutionize
how our lives are lived out.”
~ Jackie Hill Perry
Writer, Speaker, Author & Artist
“I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions.
I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes.
But, I promise that when I fall, I get back up.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer,
Dancer, Producer & Singer
“The entire time I was modeling, I was trying and failing at businesses.
In fact, we would have started our business much sooner had I been more successful.”
“But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated.”
~ Kathy Ireland
Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Businesswoman, Author, Philanthropist, Activist,
Public Speaker, Anti-Defamation League American Heritage Award (2011), Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Gala Messenger of Peace Award (2012),
California State University honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Ambassador & 9-1-1 For Kids Ambassador
“Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision.
Visions don’t change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed.
Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.”
~ John C. Maxwell,
Author, Speaker & Pastor
“… there’s a larger shift in my thinking. There’s a realization that anything I want to achieve,
I can achieve, and it’s not worth giving up.”
~ Gong Li,
Hundred Flowers Award (1989), Hundred Flowers Awards (1991), Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup (1992), Golden Rooster Awards (1993),
Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award (1993), New York Film Critics Circle Award (1993), Berlin International Film Festival (1993),
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1998), Golden Rooster Awards (2000), Montreal World Film Festival (2000), Hundred Flowers Awards (2000),
Shanghai Film Critics Awards (2001), Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award (2001), Beijing College Student Film Festival (2003),
Cannes Film Festival Festival Trophy (2004), National Board of Review (2005), Hong Kong Film Award (2007), Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award (2007),
Golden Bauhinia Awards (2007), Shanghai Film Critics Awards (2014), Golden Deer Awards (2014) & China Film Directors’ Guild Awards (2015)
“You have to be vigorous. That’s the only way you are going to get it because everybody has dreams
and everybody has goals, but the only people who achieve them
are the ones that go after it and don’t take no for an answer.”
~ Nick Cannon
Actor, Comedian, Rapper, Director, Writer, Producer, Television Host,
Activist, Hollywood Film Festival (2006), Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (2002) & NAACP Image Awards (2012)